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Rival teams share imaginative and prescient for Lynn Theater earlier than council vote

By Vandy Van Epps, Gonzales Inquirer

As the ultimate resolution on the standing of the Lynn Theater goes to a vote earlier than the Gonzales Metropolis Council on Thursday, Jan. 19, two teams of buyers have shared with the Gonzales Inquirer their concepts for the historic venue.

The Durham brothers (Doug and David), Dennis Kaiser, and Susanna Sontani-Telford collectively put in a letter of intent to buy the Lynn and restore it whereas preserving the historic significance intact.

Kaiser grew up in Gonzales and had a variety of fond reminiscences of seeing the primary Star Wars film in the summertime of 1977.

The theater has been closed since 2020, and Doug Durham noticed the impression when he and his brother David moved into city.

Doug Durham stated there isn’t any household leisure and nothing to do in Gonzales and it has a huge effect on the households right here in Gonzales.

“We’ve nice intentions of attempting to control it as a theater and likewise presumably dwell entertaining, relying on precisely what goes on with town. However our important focus is to maintain it as a historic construction,” Kaiser added.

Kaiser used Yoakum’s Grand Theater for instance—the way it was restored and used different companies to assist market it.

Kaiser stated once they opened up Grand Central Station restaurant, they not solely expanded the theater, but additionally added a further theater.

Film theaters in small communities have a huge effect, and Kaiser stated having that gives some native leisure.

“When you might have companies like mattress and breakfasts, and likewise resort administration, and even the households that dwell on this space, it gives one thing of a launch from their on a regular basis life to be one thing as a part of fantasy and likewise leisure,” Kaiser stated.

Historical past is a crucial a part of the theater, and Durham brothers and Kaiser need to protect the constructing as a historic landmark in Gonzales.

“While you see cities like Wimberley, like New Braunfels, like Fredericksburg, they’ve executed all the things they might to maintain their originality, which guess what, gives tourism as a result of individuals need that,” Kaiser stated.

Doug Durham stated they wish to make it inexpensive for households to benefit from watching a film.

“We wish to work with giving free film nights to college students, we wish to do several types of movies, or like we wish to do basic movies have like science fiction,” Doug Durham stated.

Kaiser stated they wish to benefit from specialty occasions like “Come and Take It” and the Texas Junior Excessive Rodeo by displaying Western movies or movies in regards to the Alamo.

Kaiser recommended to work along with the Crystal Theater about using the Lynn’s stage for efficiency.

“We’re all for working along with the neighborhood. Even with concessions, we wish to work along with the neighborhood to usher in completely different teams, like have a neighborhood espresso vendor in there, have anyone do hotdogs or no matter, so we do wish to work with the area people,” David Durham stated.

One other potential purchaser group has set their eyes on the historic theater—Sydney Allen and Devon Warzecha of Smiley—and Allen stated at the start objective is to make it a movie show.

“There would be the possibility for dinner and a film. As well as, I’m going to open The Lynn up for use as an leisure venue, excluding dwell performs as a result of that’s the Crystal Theater’s enterprise they usually’ve executed a superb job. The Lynn will play as energetic a task in the neighborhood because it presumably can underneath my possession,” Allen stated.

“I want to tie into all neighborhood and charitable occasions the place I can. Studying is a ardour of mine, so something I can do to assist the varsity and college students is certainly on my radar,” Allen continued.

Allen’s different concepts embrace and will not be restricted to a film research evening, gamer evening, conferences and extra.

Just like the Durham brothers and Kaiser point out, Allen is aware of how vital it’s for the Lynn to be open and working in the neighborhood and it gives leisure with out having to journey too far, she stated.

“It can assist put mother and father’ minds a little bit extra relaxed. I consider this may have an especially optimistic impression on the neighborhood and it is vital for strengthening neighborhood bonds/camaraderie,” Allen stated.

Allen fondest reminiscences of the Lynn was seeing Disney’s Tarzan in 1999, and recollects the outdated seats and the way it felt like an actual theater {that a} efficiency of the Nutcracker would present.

“It felt like I used to be part of historical past. It was all so magical… It is so enjoyable to think about the previous and really feel as in case your a small dwelling piece of it,” Allen stated.

“There’s nonetheless one thing so magical about The Lynn Theater and everybody ought to be capable to expertise that magic,” Allen continued.

The council will make its last resolution within the Jan. 19 assembly, and each teams hope they will vote for what’s in the very best curiosity for the neighborhood of Gonzales.

“I believe everybody ought to be thought-about for what the utilization of the constructing ought to be, and likewise how it should be preserved for the longer term. And contemplate additionally Gonzales historical past on the identical time,” Kaiser stated.

“In the very best of worlds, the council will vote for the one who supplied the very best plan for our individuals, the expansion and income of the neighborhood, historic preservation of The Lynn Theatre, and meets the necessities set forth by the Metropolis Council,” Allen stated.

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